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Three-Peaks Gun Safety Course Descriptions

Blaine Nay, Instructor

I typically do not have a fixed schedule for my courses. Instead, courses are usually offered on demand. Call me at (435) 590-7569 or email me to let me know what you want to do and we'll work out a time and date that works for both of us. When I schedule a small class, I will send out an email to those who might be interested in joining. If you want to be added to this email list contact me by email.

Course Title Course Description Duration
Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Course Learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for virtually every aspect of personal protection with a firearm. Information including:
  • The basic elements of gun safety - attitude, knowledge and skill
  • Mental Preparation
  • Developing Defensive Shooting Skills
  • Firearms, Self-Defense and the Law
  • Selecting Firearms
  • Ammunition and Accessories for Personal Protection
  • Safe Storage of Firearms

I am sometimes asked why my concealed firearm permit course takes 8 hours when others are much shorter. Here's why:

The state requires certain things be taught. Unlike some states, Utah does not set a minimum number of hours of training -- only that certain material be covered. So, there is no need for me or any other instructor to add filler to simply take up time.

Based on the state's standards, each instructor writes his/her own syllabus, then submits it to the state for approval. Once approved, each instructor must adhere to his/her approved syllabus. Click here for copy of my approved syllabus so you can see what I cover and compare it with the state's requirements.

I've attended some of the shorter courses and I am satisfied that those instructors technically cover the minimums the state requires. But, using lethal force for self-protection is a serious game and I find that I cannot teach everything that my students need and deserve in less than 6-7 hours and give the material adequate depth. In fact, graduates of the 2- to 4-hour courses sometimes come to me for more training because they are dissatisfied with depth of those shorter courses.

In addition, except for students with military or police training or comparable formal training, I take all my students to the shooting range for live-fire training -- something that's not required by the state and something many instructors don't do. This is also an opportunity for you to shoot any or all of my handguns to help you decide what to buy for yourself. Including live-fire training brings my course up to about 8 hours.

Graduates of this course will also satisfy the training requirements for the 8-hour NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course.

All this, and I still charge about the same as the other guys!

8 hours
NRA Home Firearm Safety Learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms in the home. An emphasis on cleaning and maintenance of firearms will also be conducted, including information on:
  • The basic elements of gun safety - attitude, knowledge and skill
  • The fundamental rules of safe gun handling
  • How to identify and unload different types of firearms
  • The different types and uses of ammunition
  • Factors for evaluating gun storage options
  • How to clean and care for guns
4 hours
NRA Eddie Eagle The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle®, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules: If you see a gun:
  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch.
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.
 
NRA FIRST Steps Rifle (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) is designed for new shooters. This course provides hands-on orientation to the students' personally owned rifle (however, if the student does not own a rifle, one will be provided for training) in as little as four hours, including a one-hour range session.

4 hours
NRA FIRST Steps Shotgun (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) is designed for new shooters. This course provides hands-on orientation to the students' personally owned shotgun (however, if the student does not own a shotgun, one will be provided for training) in as little as four hours, including a one-hour range session.

4 hours
NRA FIRST Steps Pistol (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) is designed for new shooters. This course provides hands-on orientation to the students' personally owned pistol (however, if the student does not own a pistol, one will be provided for training) in as little as four hours, including a one-hour range session.

4 hours
NRA Basic Rifle Course The NRA Basic Firearm Course teaches students the principles of safe handling and shooting. The learning objectives of the course include, but are not limited to:
  • firearm parts and their operation
  • ammunition and its function
  • shooting fundamentals
  • how to select, clean, and store a firearm
  • review of various activities available to further shooting skills
14 hours
NRA Basic Shotgun Course The NRA Basic Firearm Course teaches students the principles of safe handling and shooting. The learning objectives of the course include, but are not limited to:
  • firearm parts and their operation
  • ammunition and its function
  • shooting fundamentals
  • how to select, clean, and store a firearm
  • review of various activities available to further shooting skills
10 hours
NRA Basic Pistol Course The NRA Basic Firearm Course teaches students the principles of safe handling and shooting. The learning objectives of the course include, but are not limited to:
  • firearm parts and their operation
  • ammunition and its function
  • shooting fundamentals
  • how to select, clean, and store a firearm
  • review of various activities available to further shooting skills
8 hours
NRA Basic Muzzleloading Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun Course The NRA Basic Firearm Course teaches students the principles of safe handling and shooting. The learning objectives of the course include, but are not limited to:
  • firearm parts and their operation
  • ammunition and its function
  • shooting fundamentals
  • how to select, clean, and store a firearm
  • review of various activities available to further shooting skills
12 hours
Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading
This course is designed for rifle and pistol shooters who are interested in saving money by reloading their own ammunition. This course provides hands-on reloading skills.

8 hours
Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading
This course is designed for shotgun shooters who are interested in saving money by reloading their own ammunition. This course provides hands-on reloading skills.

8 hours
NRA Basic Personal Protection in
the Home

Learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for virtually every aspect of personal protection in the home. (Must be proficient with a handgun. Not for beginners.) Information including:
  • The basic elements of gun safety - attitude, knowledge and skill
  • Mental Preparation
  • Developing Defensive Shooting Skills
  • Firearms, Self-Defense and the Law
  • Selecting Firearms
  • Ammunition and Accessories for Personal Protection
  • Safe Storage of Firearms

Graduates of this course will satisfy the training requirements for the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit.

8 hours
NRA Certified Instructor This course will develop NRA Certified Instructors by:
  • Demonstrating a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills (either acquired through experience or classroom training) based on the appropriate discipline
  • Successfully completing the appropriate NRA instructor examination, requiring a pass grade of 90% or higher.
11 hours and up depending on chosen disciplines
NRA Range Safety
Officer
This course will develop NRA Certified Range Safety Officers who possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operation, including information on:
  • The Role of Range Safety Officers (RSOs)
  • Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Range Safety Briefings
  • Range Inspections and Rules
  • Emergency Procedures
  • How to Clear Firearm Stoppages and Malfunctions
9 hours
Utah Hunter Education Course This course is mandatory for all Utah hunters born after December 31, 1965. It includes instruction on firearm safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife management, survival, wildlife identification, and more. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a free 365-day basic hunting license. The license will allow a Hunter Education graduate to hunt small game. This license is also required to qualify for big game permits.

12 hours
Utah Bowhunter Education Course This is a comprehensive course for national bowhunter certification. While not currently required in Utah, completion of this course is recommended for new bowhunters and is required to hunt in Idaho, Montana, Alaska and several other states. This course does not replace the Hunter Education course listed above. Archery hunters born after December 31, 1965 still need to take that course. Note: This course does not substitute for the extended archery orientation course required for some Utah archery hunts.

 
Boy Scout Shooting Merit Badges
I am a registered merit badge counselor for the shooting merit badges. I will work with Troops or with individual Scouts as needed. Course duration varies with the needs of the Scout(s) but plan on times similar to those listed above for comparable NRA courses.

 
4-H Shooting Sports
I help out a bit with the Three-Peaks 4-H Shooting Sports Club. If you want more information on 4-H shooting opportunities, please contact me or the Iron County Extension Office. Or, you can go to the club website.

 

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Where To Shoot

Three Peaks Shooting Range, Iron County, Utah
  • This is a new range. There is no charge. The range is unattended.
  • The range area currently has a 300-yard range with several lanes. Plans are in the works for smallbore, pistol, and 1,000-yard ranges.
  • How to get there: From Main Street in Cedar City, drive west on Highway 56 (200 North). After traveling 5.3 miles turn right on Iron Springs Road. After another 5.4 miles, turn right onto a dirt road. After 2.0 miles, you'll see the range on your left.
  • Shoot only from the designated shooting stations on the concrete pad, setting your targets at the appropriate distance from the concrete pad. Don't go 300 yards downrange to the backstops to shoot. That wastes the entire 300-yard range behind you that somebody else may need.
  • Follow all safety rules as outlined by the NRA.
  • If others are using the range, coordinate trips downrange for target checks, etc.
  • Don't use the signs and trash cans as targets!
  • Sadly, already we have grossly inconsiderate folks who are taking their household trash (old TVs, vacuum cleaners, tables, ironing boards, lawn mowers, car batteries, transmissions, etc.) to the range for use as targets. If you're adult enough to shoot, you're adult enough to have consideration for those who use the range after you leave. When you leave, please take your targets, expended brass, and other trash with you.

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